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The massacre in Uvalde, Texas, continues to be a topic of great importance and remains in the memory of hundreds of people, but A breakthrough investigation into the Uvalde Elementary School mass shooting revealed that while police waited for more than an hour in a hallway outside classrooms where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, none of the officers checked to see. if the doors of the classrooms were really closed.
According to an analysis released earlier this week, the door of the classroom where the Uvalde gunman, Salvador Ramos, carried out his massacre it may have been unlocked the entire time while cops waited 77 minutes for a key.
Surveillance footage from inside Robb Elementary School shows that Police officers responding to the May 24 mass shooting didn’t even try to open the door to the two connected classrooms where the gunman hid with his victims.
Part of this investigation was reported by ABC News, stating that cops assumed the door closed automatically, but that evidence now suggests it was open during the 77-minute wait now believed to have cost lives.
Primary school classroom doors are designed to automatically lock when closed, meaning entry can only be achieved with a key.
However, the researchers believe that there was a system failure that day; it was this flaw that is now believed to have allowed the gunman to enter the building in the first place.
Surveillance footage shows the 18-year-old gunman entered Robb Elementary School through an exterior door that had been locked by a teacher but did not lock automatically.
Previously, the officials had falsely accused the teacher of not closing the door. Then Ramos He then appeared to also open the door of one of the two adjoining classrooms, where he entered and opened fire.
Two minutes after entering, the gunman probably came back out of the classrooms. He was seen in footage in the hallway, before re-entering through the classroom door.
Ramos did not get a key to enter and it is stated that he would not have been able to close the door from the inside. Investigators are now looking into whether the classroom door was open throughout the siege.
Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who was in charge that day and has been criticized for his response to the mass shooting, said the classroom was locked and he spent much of his time trying to find the keys. suitable for entry.
“Every time I tried a key I was praying,” Arredondo said. However, few elements of Arredondo’s version of events at Robb Elementary that day have been confirmed by other officers and staff in the hallway with him.
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